Since its formation, Deer Park Community Advisory Council’s community members have advised plants on what the community expects in terms of communication and plant coordination with the City of Deer Park and surrounding areas during a significant industry incident such as a fire, explosion, or toxic release as well as during other noticeable incidents.
DPCAC members encourage local community members need to make use of the links that follow to obtain facts during an incident and to take appropriate action when needed.
- CAER Online is an app and a website provided by East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA). Plant incidents that are noticeable and potentially concerning to the community are posted as messages from the plants online and on the CAER Online App (Apple Store or Google Play). Most DPCAC plants belong to EHCMA.
- The City of Deer Park uses the CodeRED® system to deliver critical and time-sensitive communications such as severe weather warnings, evacuation notices, shelter-in-place notices, and missing child alerts, in addition to community announcements. Look for “Emergency Notifications” at http://www.ci.deer-park.tx.us and follow directions to sign up.
- On the Deer Park Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) website, learn what to do in a chemical emergency and how to shelter in place as a safety precaution in case of a significant chemical release. Meet Wally Wise, a big turtle that helps children learn how to shelter in place. deerparklepc.org
- Check out Greater Harris County 9-1-1's Emergency Profile Service and their "call if you can, text if you can't" services.
- Check ReadyHarris.org provided by the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. They offer helpful information about weather and other events.
- Use the Houston Transtar website to check on traffic jams and road closures. houstontranstar.org
- Check the DPCAC Plant Alarm Test Schedule. Many DPCAC plants have internal sirens intended for their employees, but community members can sometimes hear plant siren tests. It can be used by the DPCAC, the city, and the Local Emergency Planning Committee to help people who hear an alarm know whether it is "just a test."
- Harris County’s Community Air Monitoring Program (CAMP) dashboard allows users to see the daily and yearly average for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and daily particulate matter (PM) values at fixed monitoring positions throughout the county. Data from the five Houston Regional Monitoring (HRM) monitors located in east Harris County can be viewed here as well. https://pcs-harriscounty.hub.arcgis.com/
- The 2020 Report on Houston Air Quality, compiled by Houston Regional Monitoring, covers results of monitoring ozone, air toxics, and fine particulate matter by HRM, TCEQ, and others. http://hrm.aecom.com
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) manages construction and maintenance for State Highways 225 and 146.
The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) manages Beltway 8 and the Houston Ship Channel Bridge.
Website for Houston Ship Channel Bridge: https://www.shipchannelbridge.org
Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia manages county roads and bridges in this area. Pct. 2’s responsibility for the Washburn Tunnel and the Lynchburg Ferry is being moved to the Harris County Toll Road Authority in March 2020. Both will remain toll-free.
Precinct 2 newsletter: https://www.hcp2.com/news/press-room
- www.petrochemworks.com is an interactive website that allows individuals looking for work in the petrochemical industry to link their skills, interests, and education to the kind of jobs available in this industry.
- East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA)
- American Chemistry Council
- Texas Chemical Council